JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS “WISDOM” IN PROVERBS “THE GREAT SHEPHERD” IN ECCLESIATES “THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS” IN SONG OF SOLOMON. “THE SIGN” IN ISAIAH “THE BRANCH” IN JEREMIAH “THE MAN OF SORROWS” IN LAMENTATIONS “THE LORD IS THERE” IN EZEKIEL “THE GREAT STONE” IN DANIEL “OUR HUSBAND” IN HOSEA “THE BAPTIZER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” IN JOEL “THE PLUMB LINE” IN AMOS “RULER OF THE NATIONS” IN OBADIAH “THE RISEN PROPHET” IN JONAH “THE BETHLEHEMITE” IN MICAH “THE LORD OF HOSTS” IN NAHUM “SALVATION” IN HABAKKUK “THE RETURNING KING” IN ZEPHANIAH “JESUS IN THE TEMPLE” IN HAGGAI “THE PIERCED ONE” IN ZECHARIAH “THE MESSENGER” IN MALACHI “THE LION” IN MATTHEW “THE OX” IN MARK “THE MAN” IN LUKE “THE EAGLE” IN JOHN “THE CHURCH/BODY OF CHRIST” IN ACTS “THE BUTTERFLY” IN ROMANS “THE SANCTIFER” IN 1st CORINTHIANS “THE YES AND AMEN” IN 2ND CORINTHIANS “THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST” IN GALATIANS “RAISED & SEATED WITH HIM” IN EPHESIANS “THE MIND OF CHRIST” IN PHILIPPIANS “OUR HOPE OF GLORY” IN COLOSSIANS “THE BELIEVERS SALVATION” IN 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS “THE MAN, THE MEDIATOR” IN 1 TIMOTHY “OUR MILITARY LEADER” IN 2 TIMOTHY “OUR BLESSED HOPE” IN TITUS “OUR RANSOME” IN PHILEMON “HE IS THE BEST” IN HEBREWS “THE WISDOM OF GOD” IN JAMES (52 PICTURES SO FAR) 1ST & 2ND PETER 1 Pet 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: 17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. PETER’S ORIGINAL NAME WAS SIMON WHICH MEANS “WAIVERING ONE” JESUS SAID, I’M GOING TO CALL YOU PETER “LITTLE ROCK” ONE WHO WENT FROM WAIVERING TO A ROCK. “IF HE CAN MAKE ME A ROCK HE CAN MAKE YOU ONE”... HE CALLS US “LIVING STONES” OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IS THE “CHOICE CORNERSTONE” 1 Pet 2:6 For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” PETER PLACES GREAT EMPHASIS ON THE WORD 1 Pet 1:22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word which was preached to you. 2:1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, PETER IS GOING TO DEAL A LOT WITH SUFFERING AND TRIALS. PETER USES THE TERM “FIERY TRIAL.” (4:12-13) PETER WANTS US TO KNOW THAT GRACE WILL ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF TEMPTATION. 1 Pet 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. PRAY AND REJOICE... JESUS IS SEEN IN THIS BOOK AS OUR EXAMPLE. 1 Pet 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, PETER REFERS TO JESUS AS THE SHEPHERD AND BISHOP OF OUR SOULS (2:25). THE BEST MARRIAGE ADVICE IN Ch 3 THE BEST ADVICE FOR HANDLING THE CARES OF LIFE CH 5... “CAST THEM ON THE LORD” AND RESIST THE DEVIL THEME VERSE 1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 2 PETER IN 2 Peter THE EMPHASIS IS ON KNOWLEDGE AND GRACE. HE OPENS WITH 1:2 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge of God” HE CLOSES THE LETTER WITH “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (3:18) HE’S GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE, THE GROWTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GROUND OF KNOWLEDGE. Chapter 2 HE TALKS ABOUT FALSE PEOPLE, THEIR CHARACTER, THEIR CLAIMS AND THEIR OUTCOME. THEN HE TALKS ABOUT THE TRUE CHRISTIAN GREAT INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT THE COMING OF THE LORD IN Ch 3. SIGNS, AND IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW. AND HE SPECIFICALLY MENTIONS THE LAST DAY’S. 2 Pet 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. OUR PICTURE OF JESUS HERE IS “THE LORD IS PATIENT” 14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you THEME VERSE 2 Peter 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Jesus In Every Book In The Bible
Part 31 - 1 & 2 Peter
November 24, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian
Mindsets For Success
January 19, 2022
Be A Better You in 22 Dress for Success. 1. Know your strengths. Psa. 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. Psa. 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 2. Be Ambitious. Phil. 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, Phil. 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 2Tim. 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 3. Be Positive. Gal. 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Prov. 4:18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Psa. 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 4. Be Organized. 5. Be constantly learning. Phil 4:11 AMP Not that I m implying that I was in any personal want, for I have LEARNED HOW TO BE CONTENT (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. 1 Tim 4:8 AMP For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. 6. Have a Strong Support System. Proverbs 20:6 AMP Many a man proclaims his own loving kindness and goodness, but a faithful man, who can find? Prov. 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 7. Know failure and success go together.
Jesus The Healer
January 16, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Matt 8 A LEAPER ASKED, IF YOU ARE WILLING YOU CAN MAKE ME WHOLE... Lev 14 THE DETAILS FOR THE OFFERING OF HEALING FOR A LEAPER. Mark 1 PETERS MOTHER IN LAW AND MANY CAME FROM ALL OVER TO BE HEALED... HE HEALED THEM ALL Luke 4:40 While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them. John 4 A ROYAL OFFICAL WHO’S SON WAS SICK CAME TO JESUS AND ASKED FOR HELP. JESUS SAID, GO YOUR WAY YOU SON LIVES. AND THE MAN BELIEVED HIS WORD. JESUS IS A HEALING JESUS THE GREEK WORD SALVATION AND THE WORD HEALED ARE THE SAME. (AN ALL-INCLUSIVE WORD HE CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL 1John 3:8 The Son of God appeared (was manifest) for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. JESUS WAS THE WILL OF GOD IN ACTION Acts 10:38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. Isaiah 53:1Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? YLT Isaiah 53:3 He is despised, and left of men, A man of pains, and acquainted with sickness, And as one hiding the face from us, He is despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains--he hath carried them, And we--we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace [is] on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us. Matt 8:16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.” HEALING IS NOT A RESULT OF WHAT WE CAN DO. IT’S A RESULT OF WHAT JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE. 1 Pet 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. ONE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT REDEMPTIVE NAMES OF GOD IS “JEHOVA RAPHA” THE LORD OUR HEALER (Exodus 15:26). John 3:14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. Numbers 21 GOD COMMANDED MOSES TO CONSTRUCT A BRONZE SERPENT AND PLACE IT ON A POLE... THIS WAS A TYPE AND SHADOW OF JESUS TAKING THE CURSE OF SIN AND SICKNESS UPON HIMSELF. Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. John 6 JESUS REFERRED TO HIMSELF SEVERAL TIMES AS THE BREAD OF LIFE.
January 12, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian
NAS 2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. THE NEED FOR TRANSFORMATION CHANGE SHOULD BE AN ONGOING EXPERIENCE. A PROGRESSIVE EVENT HERE... “FROM GLORY TO GLORY” CHANGE / TRANSFORMATION IS SOMETHING THAT WON’T HAPPEN UNLESS WE ACTIVELY PURSUE IT. 3 TYPES OF CHANGE – “HAPPENS TO US, HAPPENS AROUND US AND THOSE WE MAKE HAPPEN” WITHOUT CHANGE YOU STAGNATE. WITHOUT ONGOING TRANSFORMATION GOD CAN’T PROMOTE HIS PURPOSE IN OUR LIVES. THERE ARE TWO WAYS THE WORD REQUIRES US TO CHANGE 2 LEVELS OF CHANGE THAT HAVE TO OCCUR IT BEGINS WITH THE RENEWING OF THE MIND. KJV 2 Cor 5:17 therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. THIS IS AN ONGOING PROCESS – WE NEVER ARRIVE… NLT Rom 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. THE MOMENT YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN, CHANGE IS MANDATED BY GOD WHEN WE GET SAVED, WE NOW HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME THE CAPACITY TO CHANGE! PAUL CALLS THIS; PUTTING ON THE NEW MAN! THE FIRST INDICATOR THAT WE HAVE REALLY MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE LORD IS THAT THINGS BEGIN TO CHANGE BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO TAKE CERTAIN STEPS IN OUR LIFE TOWARD CHANGE. NAS Rom 7:15 for that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not wish to do, I agree with the law, confessing that it is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of god in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to god through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of god, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. THE LAW OF THE MIND IS THIS; WHAT WE MEDITATE ON IS WHAT PRODUCES BEHAVIOR. JOSH 1:8, GEN 11 YOUR MIND HAS THE CAPACITY TO PRODUCE IMAGERY CONSISTENT WITH YOUR DESIRE AND THAT GIVES LIFE, DIRECTION, MOTIVATION AND MOMENTUM. IT’S A “LAW”! THE LAW OF THE MIND IS THIS; “THE THINGS YOU IMAGINE TO DO IS WHAT YOU WILL DO” NAS Rom 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the spirit, the things of the spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of god, for it is not even able to do so; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Josh 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. THE LAW OF THE MIND IS THE WAY WE OVERCOME THE TENDANCY TO DO WRONG! WE’VE GOT TO BEGIN THINKING ON THE RIGHT THING! WRONG BEHAVIOR IS ALWAYS ROOTED IN WRONG THINKING! AMP 2 Cor 3:18 and all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [who is] the Spirit. THE WORD ALTERS OUR BEHAVIOR. KJV Eph 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. PUT GOD’S THOUGHTS IN YOUR MIND. ISAIAH 55:8-9 THINK ON THE WORD TILL IT ALTERS YOUR BEHAVIOR IN EVERY AREA. MARRIAGE, SELF, WORK, FINANCES, HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS KJV Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. CHANGE BEGINS BY PUTTING THE WORD OF GOD IN YOUR MIND